Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • Results from the second race in the Duddon Summer series have been published.





    Due to an increasingly busy summer competition and in response to club requests we’ve moved the Wavehopper Championship date back to the more traditional date in September. I’m delighted to say that the Nene Wild Water Centre will now be hosting the event on Sunday 27th September. We are still waiting on final confirmation and the race briefing should be at 12 noon with practice from 1 pm and racing from 2pm.


    The Nene is a great venue and we last ran the Wavehopper Championships there in 2012 after the Olympics. This time it will be after the Slalom Worlds which again should be an inspirational event so please come along – individuals and clubs are all welcome.

  • We are delighted to announce that after a well-attended selection race at HPP the following paddlers have been selected to represent GB in this year’s international events. We are pleased to see greater representation the classes and indeed maximum number in those classes and wish everyone good luck in the future competitions.

    Selected Teams

    Senior European Championships

    C1 Ryan Hunt,

    MK1 Nicky Cresser, Ricky Millar, Phil Dean


  • Dear Race Organiser


    We are in the early stages of putting together the WWR calendar for 2015/16. We have had a very successful 2014/15 season and have seen more paddlers enter our races and many more new paddlers come into the sport. Going forward we want to encourage these paddlers to enter races more often and we are really keen to see more regional “series” of events .


    It is our intention to publish more information about races and to make it easier for people to contact organisers to gain a better understanding of events and what they entail. We are also trying to offer more guidance and support for race organisers, with a full set of templates and instructions now available on our website.

  • Details of the GB open 2015 can be found here

  • Good to see the large number of paddlers taking part in the Carlisle regional race last weekend.


  • The selection committee has had a request that Dee Paterson be given a discretionary selection place in Women’s C1.

    In line with the selection policy this request is being publicised so that any objections can be lodged prior to the selection meeting.

    If you have any objection to this request please send an email giving your reason for objecting to Julie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Any objections must be received before 18:00 on Wed 29th April.

Season planning

Posted in Coaches Blog

Hi Race Team members

As the end of the competition season has arrived it is time to review our personal achievements over the past 12 months.

Did we set goals – did we reach or surpass them? List your achievements over the past year in paddlesport and other areas of your life. Identify where you have succeeded and where you have failed – do you know why things have not always gone as planed

Remember it's good to fail!! It shows you are pushing at the limits of your current abilities.

Remember the Olympic ice skater who fell on her backside 10,000 times before gaining the gold medal.

Managing Race Day

Posted in Coaches Blog

Well, we have done as much as we can do now, race day is almost upon us. We have prepared well, been consistent in our training and we have put the skills work in on the whitewater. We now just need to make sure we give ourselves the best opportunity to put a great race performance. As Claudine Le Roux says, "Success is choice not chance" - a great performance is a result of dedication and planning. So lets make sure we plan the critical last bit right up and through our race.

So on that theme I wanted to draw attention to the planning process for race day, and just highlight how much actually goes on - and really how we do not have a great deal of time. By planning well we can keep our inner chimp happy (the one which wants to be irrational and can affect our performances). Robbie Anderson indicated to the squad at a recent traning weekend, your chimp likes structure - not having a race day plan is like poking it with a stick! 

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Mentor Scheme

Have you an interest in helping a young athlete reach their full potential ?

...With just a couple of hours a week to offer...you could be part of the next big success story!

The Young Paddler Mentoring Scheme aims to assist and grow the sport from the ground up. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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